Why Nehru matters: Book Review by Mahesh Rangarajan

Why Nehru matters: Business Standard book review**

My response:                           
July 10, 2019
Relevance of Nehru today
This refers to Mahesh Rangarajan's piece "Why Nehru matters" (Business Standard, Book Review, July 10). The book review by itself serves as a self-contained introduction to the personality of Jawaharlal Nehru which dominated the political stage in India for about 5 decades during the 20th Century. 
No one can deny the credit to Nehru for his efforts to forge a secular state in a variously divided country and to create a "just state" where injustice was deliberately administered for centuries.
Nehru's own books like 'Discovery of India' and 'Glimpses of World History' need to be taken out from the "History and Research" category and included in the current syllabus for Economics and Politics in Indian Universities. Parliament Secretariat may consider printing and distributing such books for inclusion in the personal libraries of legislators.
M G Warrier, Mumbai

**The book:
Who is Bharat Mata? On History, Culture and the Idea of India
By: Purushotham Agarwal (Ed)
Speaking Tiger, pages 474, ₹699
Reviewed by:
Mahesh Rangarajan*
*Teaches History and Environment Studies at Ashoka University.
M G Warrier


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